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Girl Scout Cookie 5k

March 23, 2018

Got my Brooks on….here we go!

Did you know March was national nutrition month? I found out a few weeks into March so we unknowingly kicked off National Nutrition Month with a family 5k. Way to go Team Sinthusy! J

Kailee, 8, Kobe, 6, and myself started off our 5k on a cool March morning eager to run the course. I tried to convince Kailee to leave her jacket at the start line but she wasn’t interested in listening to me. L Who can blame her, really, I have made this same mistake on many runs and a few races too.

They announced the start of the race and the kids took off, flying down the course. I had already decided to let them run their race today, whatever happens…happens. About ¼ mile into the race both kids started to slow down and I could see the panic in their faces. I understand how scary it can be when you have a difficult start to a race and all you can think about is you still have the entire race in front of you. I just kept telling them; “they were ok”; “You got this” and “You can do this”.

Kobe slowed down for a minute, regrouped and then he started to pick up his pace again and he was off with the crowd. I said to him, “you got this” and “I will see you at the finish line”.

 

I decided to hang back with Kailee. At this point her breathing was out of control and her stomach was cramping. I walked with her while she got her breathing under control and I assured her she was fine! I flashbacked to my first marathon, when around mile 15 my legs were cramping so bad I could barely walk and my head was pounding, I thought there was no way I would finish. But, I did finish, in part, because of the support of the other runners that kept encouraging me.

 

Kailee finally took her jacket off  and we started out at slow pace and kept going from there. About the 1.5 mile marker we saw Kobe going around the curve, a good distance ahead of us, we yelled and screamed his name and we saw a little hand pop up in the air waving at us. J At that moment I felt so much joy and excitement for him. He was able to keep going, run at a good steady pace and finish strong. WOW!  What an accomplishment for such a little guy, he is only 6! He finished in 30:35 which landed him a 3rd   place in the 10 and younger (male) age group. Kailee also finished 3rd in the 10 and younger (female) age group. She was able to overcome a difficult start, keep going and finish strong. She finished in 34:20 not bad for an 8 year oldJ. After the 5k all three kiddos including KASH, 3, participated in the kids run. It was such a fun morning.

 

Every race is different, each with new challenges and obstacles. I always tell my kiddos to run your best race today. One thing that is always true is how accomplished each child feels after completing their race. As their mom, it’s an amazing feeling to see your children glowing with accomplishment. J

I encourage you to get out and try running with your kids and as a family. Part of the reason we participate in 5k’s is so we have something to look forward to, to keep us motivated. We love running and biking in the neighborhood and on the trails; but races are so much fun and I love that my kids love them so much! And you can support a good cause!

We have another one coming up the end of April at Bass Pro – The City of Independence holds the race every year to help encourage healthy active lifestyles. The best part is it’s FREE! J

Come on out and join us!

http://www.independenceparktrot.com/

Teal Pumpkin Project

October 31, 2016

Teal Pumpkin Project

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Another year…another teal pumpkin! 🙂

We got our pumpkins carved and ready just in time for Halloween this year! And for the 2nd year we have a teal pumpkin. This year was another great year. Kailee, my oldest, is perfecting her pumpkin carving skills, while Kobe is working on his…but he is the best guts scooper outter! 🙂 And Kash, my 2 yr old, has mastered the art of painting pumpkins – and himself! 🙂 Like every year the kids had a great time getting the pumpkins ready for Halloween.

 

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What is new this year is that Kailee isn’t asking me why we have a teal pumpkin. She is telling people why we have a teal pumpkin! And that makes me so happy! Spread the word – Teal Pumpkin Project!

Check out the post below for more info on The Teal Pumpkin Project!

 

October 30, 2015

Teal Pumpkin Project

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Halloween is tomorrow?!?! Where has October gone? Between all the fun, fall activities and Royals Baseball we have been so busy the last few weeks, but we are loving every minute of it!!!

I LOVE the weeks leading up to Halloween. There are so many fun family activities – hayrides, Hoots and Toots at the Zoo, Night of the Living Farm, Enchanted Forest…and those are just a few! One of our favorite activities has always been pumpkin carving. I love that it is different every year. As the kids get older they participate in more and different ways. It’s so fun to watch their excitement and creativity grow each year.

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Even Kash got in on scooping out the guts!

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The kids had a blast painting the pumpkins!

For a few years now we have handed out non-food items on Halloween; for no particular reason other than the fact that kids get plenty of candy already and sometimes the non-food items are just as (or even more) exciting for the kids. In a sea of candy, giving a 5 yr old glow sticks, stickers or even tattoos can really help to mix it up and the kids love them! What I didn’t realize until this year was that we were (unknowingly) participating in a movement happening for non –food trick or treat items on Halloween.

FARE, Food Allergy and Research Education is prompting the Teal Pumpkin Project. It is so simple and can help make Halloween a fun holiday for ALL kids.

What is it?

Simple – You paint a pumpkin teal and leave it outside your house. This indicates that you will be handing out non-food items! Simple, right? I bought a tube of teal paint and a mini roller for $2.00. I think this is an incredible idea. This makes it so much for fun for the kids with allergies. They can go trick or treating AND actually have something they can keep.

Why?

When I explained the Teal Pumpkin Project to my 6 year old daughter – it took her a few moments to understand the why? But when I explained to her that while kids with allergies can still trick or treat, how fun is it to then give EVERYTHING you just got away? That was all it took to put a huge smile on her face and say, “MOM”, we have to have a Teal Pumpkin this year”!

I can not completely convey the feeling of joy and happiness I get from not only being able to participate in things like the Teal Pumpkin Project, but also in knowing that my kids are aware of, and hopefully sensitive to the fact, the challenges that other children face. And that there is usually something we can do to help. We are a community after all!

Thinking ahead

How fun would it be for the kids (with allergies and/or those [parents] that do not want an overload of candy…like me) to be able to have a Halloween Hunt for Teal Pumpkins. Roaming the neighborhood searching out all the Teal Pumpkins…sounds like fun times! J

Check out FARE for get more info on the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Happy Halloween!!!

Homemade whole-wheat blueberry muffins

August 13, 2016

Homemade whole-wheat blueberry muffins

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So good my 2 year old couldn’t wait for me to snap a picture…he was already trying to grab one! 😀

 

One thing I really enjoying doing with my kiddos is baking! We have a good time trying new recipes, alternating old recipes and mostly trying the finished product! Muffins are always a great treat! And this recipe is so yummy! You can alter it to make so many variations it’s always a new recipe. Here is the recipe we love to use:

 

From: www.100daysofrealfood.com

SERVES: MAKES 12 MUFFINS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1½ cups whole-wheat flour (I used King Arthur’s white whole-wheat flour)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon all spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup oil (I used coconut oil)
  • ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • About 1 cup of total filling (berries, fruit, nuts, etc. – see below for details)
  • Muffin/Cupcake liners

 

Click on the link below for the complete recipe.

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/05/12/recipe-fruit-nut-or-berry-or-whatever-you-want-them-to-be-whole-wheat-muffins/

 

In this batched used blueberries. However my middle man loves when I use mange and my hubby like strawberry. Several times I switch out the juice with a non dairy milk. I have found that vanilla soy-milk, coconut milk and almond milk are excellent substitutions.

These muffins also freeze well. I will bake a few batches just for the freezer for snacks or lunches. When you need a good snack in a pinch and you have this in the freezer…makes life much easier! And you are more likely to avoid the gas station snack stop… been there done that too! 😕 And with school starting back, these are a great lunch addition. (they also make for a great pre and post run snack)

 

Happy Baking!!!

Green Smoothie Tips

July 18, 2016

Green Smoothie Quick Tips

Hey everyone! I have received a ton of requests in the last few weeks for smoothie recipes…so I wanted to share some quick tips with everyone…and you can always click on the Green Smoothie Tab at the top of the page for more information on these delicious treats!

 

 

One of my favorite green smoothie sites is: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/

 

 

Here are some great tips to get you going!

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For more delicious green smoothie concoctions, check out the links below.

  

http://theactivefam.com/green-smoothies/#sthash.2GvTPztp.dpbs

 http://theactivefam.com/runners-smoothie/#sthash.0aDYrdWI.dpbs

 http://theactivefam.com/2015/07/#sthash.rDFCKUKP.dpbs

 

Walnut Brownies

June 3, 2016

Walnut Brownies

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I’m always on the lookout for amazing real food recipes for desserts…especially brownies! These walnut brownies do not disappoint. If you are looking for a more cake like brownie that is still rich in flavor, you will love these! This is the perfect way to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings, without loading your body up with the extra chemicals, additives and other junk. I can notice a huge different the way my body responses to the package desserts versus the homemade real food desserts! An extra bonus for me is today I’m carb loading for my half marathon in the morning; while I don’t recommend loading up on sweets (real food or otherwise) before a race…I will have just one! J

 

Walnut Brownies –    Forks over Knives Cookbook

  • 3 oz extra firm tofu, drained (yes tofu!)
  • 1/3 c pitted prunes (or dates for extra sweet)
  • ½ c unsweetened plant-based milk, heated until very hot not boiling
  • ¾ c 100% pure maple syrup
  • ½ c plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ c water, heated until very hot not boiling
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ c walnuts, chopped

 

 

  1. Preheat oven 325 degrees. Line 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. Crumble tofu in blender. Add prunes. Pour in the hot milk and puree for about 3- seconds. Add the maple syrup and puree until smooth.
  3. Add cocoa powder to mixing bowl. Add the hot water and mix with a fork until mixed well.
  4. Add the prune mixture to the chocolate mixing bowl and stir well. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. Add in half of the flour and add the baking soda and salt. Mix well. Mix in the remaining flour and fold in the walnuts.
  6. Spread the batter into the baking pan. It will be thick, but it will spread out to the corners of the pan.
  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes. The top should be firm to the touch.
  8. Let cool for 20 minutes and serve.

 

Makes about 12 delicious walnut brownies!

What’s your favorite real food brownie recipe?

Happy Baking!!!

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

May 10, 2016

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

 

Sometimes the BEST gifts are wrapped in laughter and silliness…it’s only when these moments have passed that we recognize them as wonderfully fabulous! 

 

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This past weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day. I had a wonderful weekend full of love, laughter and family! My weekend started with an evening jog, family pizza making and a movie. Saturday we had a family picnic at the lake followed by a  4 mile bike ride (for the kids and the hubby, I ran) after which I dropped everyone off at home and finished my long run, 10 miles!

Sunday started with church and a relaxing afternoon and ended with us on our front porch watching the storm…the kiddos even ran down and played in the rain for a few minutes.
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While none of these activities are particularly exciting (to anyone but probably my family) to have them all in ONE weekend…for my family was WONDERFULLY FABULOUS! We are so busy and life happens…so this past weekend was the BEST Mother’s Day gift.  

 

While material gifts are nice, I am typically one that prefers the gift of time and thoughtfulness. If you were spoiled with gifts this Mother’s Day and loved it, that’s GREAT! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. 🙂 In past years I have asked for things too…last year I asked for and received my Garmin Watch, which I LOVE! But this year this mama needed a long weekend full of family, relaxation, laughter and memories and that’s exactly what I got!

 

Life goes by to fast and as I watch my little ones grow at the speed of light I know looking back I will remember this year, watching my kiddos playing in the rain, laughing and having a great time!
I hope you all received your BEST Mother’s Day Gift!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 

 

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

April 28, 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

 

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I have FINALLY hooked my hubby on green smoothies!!! 🙂 For those that don’t know Sai, he is not always excited to try new things. He started by occasionally taste testing my smoothie and then he started drinking one daily but only because I would make it and say, “here, DRINK IT”! Now, he wakes up and asks, “what no smoothies today”!

Yes, this process has been going on for a few years but some people are more difficult to convince. For Sai, he has seen and felt the difference in his days after he has a green smoothie for breakfast. He will often times have TWO, one in the afternoon as well!
So wives, husbands, daughters, brothers, moms and dads; if you are trying to share the greatness of green smoothies with the ones you love be patient and keep sharing. Start with the recipes that will be most comfortable for your loved one and then expand their horizons gradually over time.  

If they are a peanut butter cup lover like us, try this delicious smoothie for a starter! Anything with peanut butter has to be good!

 

Recipe Adapted from Simple Green Smoothies

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie 

  • 2C Spinach (I use fresh spinach that I have previously frozen)
  • 2C Almond Milk – unsweetened
  • 2 Bananas
  • 3TBS Cacao
  • 2TBS Peanut Butter

Blend Spinach and milk until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.

 

Enjoy!

 

Share a green smoothie with someone you love, you can change their life!

 

Happy Sharing!!! 🙂

 

Homemade granola chunks / bars

April 20, 2016

Homemade granola chunks / bars

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I have always been a huge fan of granola; granola bars, granola cereal, granola parfaits, etc. Unfortunately as my knowledge of processed foods, additives artificial flavoring and artificial food coloring increased my desire to buy granola products plummeted. Almost every ingredient I mentioned is found is most packaged granola products. 🙁

 

So for a long time we just went without any granola. But as I started searching for more real food options began to come across granola recipes. I have since tried several recipes and some are better than others but this recipe I have to say is DELICIOUS!

 

I made this week per the request of my 1st grader for her school lunch. I absolutely LOVE when my kiddos not only eat some of the new food I have introduced but start making requests!

 

Granola/ Granola Bars – makes 3lbs

Recipe Adapted from www.100daysofrealfood.com

  

  • 3½ cups rolled oats (steel cut oats for bars)
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon all spice
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Also need – parchment paper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, cranberries, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  5. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
  6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag (if making cereal). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

 

My kids prefer to make large granola chunks, perfect for their tiny fingers! 🙂

 

The great thing about this recipe is you can add in any ingredient you would like to try. We like the dried cranberries but you could use cashews, pecans, raisins etc.

 

Happy Baking!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Bean Brownies

April  17, 2016

Black Bean Brownies

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These are a family favorite and a perfect dessert for Sunday Dinner!

If you haven’t yet tried these…these are a MUST try! So next time you feel like making brownies skip the boxed brownies and all the chemicals and additives and give these a try!

You will NOT be disappointed! :

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

July 13, 2015

Black Bean Brownies

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It’s summertime, the kids are home and I LOVE baking with my kiddos. Since I’m always on the search for yummy homemade goodness I decided to share one of my favorite finds! While we are not a gluten or dairy free home I still love to make recipes that are because they are so delicious! So next time your family wants brownies for dessert try this recipe! It’s fast and easy (a must in our home). Made with all real food ingredients you can enjoy a yummy dessert without the all the extra (unknown) additives that won’t leave you feeling, blahhh! 🙂

TIP: The first time I made these I didn’t tell the kids nor the hubby these were black bean brownies. They devoured them before I could tell them! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (10g)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (40g) (See nutrition link below for substitutions)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave (or honey, but not for strict vegans.) (75g)
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil (40g) (See nutrition link for substitution notes)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (115-140g) (Not optional. Omit at your own risk.)
  • optional: more chips, for presentation

Total Time: 15m

Yield: 9-12 brownies
Instructions

Black Bean Brownies Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.) Stir in the chips, and then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! Makes 9-12 brownies.
Read more at http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/#hlkQvFHZx52mQW7W.99
http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/

Read more at http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/#hlkQvFHZx52mQW7W.99

 

Happy Baking!

3 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle

March 15, 2016

3 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle

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We are moving into week 11 of 2016. Do you remember your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions? Were they to eat better, exercise more, lose weight. Etc.….are you sticking to them or have you already kicked them to the curb?!?!?

Well it’s not too late to make 2016 a great year for you AND your health.

 

3 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle

  1. Ditch the gym
  2. Ditch the diet
  3. Ditch the scale

 

Ditch the Gym

The truth is so many people are wasting money on a gym membership because they either don’t go or they don’t know what to do when they are there. If you have been going to the gym regularly for months and still no results – chances are you are wasting your time and money. In order to get results you need to know what to do and how to do it. Those of you that know your way around a gym, keep it up! For the rest of us, STOP wasting money and get a new plan.

 

Cardio – the easiest and cheapest exercise. Get outside and walk, jog or run. Take your kids with you. This is a great way to spend time together doing something that is great for your health. Have a bike? Ride it! This is another great way to turn “going to the gym” into a fun family activity.

Strength Training/ Cardio Mix – there a several good DVDs on the market to choose from that would serve the purpose. One of my favorite DVD workouts is the CU24 Level 2 . This series is great and you get an amazing workout in only 24 minutes! No time lost here driving to the gym! Pick a DVD and commit to doing it 3-4 times a week.

Ditch the Diet –

Stop bouncing from diet to diet. I have done this so many times over the years, until I discovered the power of eating real food. You hear about a friend that lost weight by eating only carrots with her left hand (or something just as bizarre) so you think, OK, I should that that. NO, you shouldn’t! There is no secret to losing weight, maintaining your weight, and/or feeling good. Put good stuff into your body and you will feel good. Put a ton of junk into your body and you will feel yuck! It’s that simple! Check out our meal plan guides if you are needing help figuring out how to get started.

Cleanse – a good quality cleanse can help detox your body of all the toxins and help to reset your metabolism. There are also many cleanses available today. Here is a great 10 day cleanse option.

Supplements – As much I as try to eat a wide variety of foods, I know I’m slacking. I have my favorites and often times I just overlook many of the other options. Taking high quality wellness supplements are a great way to ensure you are getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling great. As part of our daily routine we take CorePlex with Iron, OmegaPlex and ProBiotic Restore.

Ditch the Scale –

If you do everything 100% will you lose 25 lbs in a week? Probably not, but that’s ok! The amount of time and effort you invest in your health will determine the rate of your results. Instead of making a goal of losing ___ lbs in 10 days, try making a goal to add in cardio 3x a week and a strength training video 2x a week. If you are eating better, exercising more and feeling better…you are doing great!

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If you are looking for a great program to help jump start your weight loss goals and you are ready to start feeling better, try the 24 Day Challenge!

 

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Happy St. Patty’s Day!!!